List of political parties in Denmark

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This article lists political parties in Denmark.

Denmark has a multi-party system, with two or three strong parties, and four or five other significant parties. The government typically consists of several parties and a small number of supporting parties. No party has won an outright majority since 1901. All governments since then have either been one-party minority governments or coalitions between two or more parties. No single party has formed a government alone since 1982.

The Ministry of Social Welfare registers and validates party names and the official party letters for all parties that participate in national elections. On ballots, the parties are sorted alphabetically by party letter.

Parties represented in the Folketing or the European Parliament[edit]

Party letter Party name Representation after the 2011 and 2014 parliamentary elections Comments
Folketing (parliament) European Parliament
V Venstre Venstre, Danmarks liberale parti (Left, Denmark's Liberal Party) 47 2 Centre-right, conservative-liberal party. Leader: Lars Løkke Rasmussen
A Social Democrats Socialdemokraterne [1] 44 3 Centre-left, social-democratic party. Leader: Helle Thorning-Schmidt
O Danish People's Party Dansk Folkeparti 22 4 Right-wing, national-conservative. Leader: Kristian Thulesen Dahl
F Socialist People's Party Socialistisk Folkeparti 16 1 Left-wing, democratic socialist and green. Leader: Pia Olsen Dyhr
C Conservative People's Party Det Konservative Folkeparti 8 1 Conservative party. Leader: Lars Barfoed
B Danish Social Liberal Party Det Radikale Venstre (Radical Left) 17 1 Centrist, social-liberal party. Parliamentary group leader: Margrethe Vestager
Ø Red-Green Alliance Enhedslisten 12 0 (does not run, but supports "Folkebevægelsen mod EU") Socialism. Originally an alliance of Communist Party of Denmark Danmarks Kommunistiske Parti, Socialist Workers' Party Socialistisk Arbejderparti and the Left Socialists Venstresocialisterne. Has collective leadership.
I Liberal Alliance Liberal Alliance 9 0 Centre-right, classical liberal party. Leader: Anders Samuelsen
N People's Movement against the EU Folkebevægelsen mod EU 0 1 Euroscepticism, Sovereignty, Nonpartisan. Has collective leadership

Parties without parliamentary representation (in the Folketing or European Parliament)[edit]

Regional parties[edit]

Marginal parties[edit]

The following parties still exist but have remained without representation in either Folketing or the European Parliament for at least 20 years.

  • E Justice Party of Denmark (Retsforbundet). Last represented in the 1979-1981 Folketing.
  • K Communist Party of Denmark (Danmarks Kommunistiske Parti). Last represented by themselves in the 1977-1979 Folketing. Now part of Red-Green Alliance.
  • U Independent Party (De Uafhængige). Last represented in the Folketing 1973-1974.
  • Å National Socialist Movement of Denmark (Danmarks Nationalsocialistiske Bevægelse). Never represented in either Folketing or European Parliament. Considers itself the heir of the DNSAP which was last represented in the 1943 Folketing.

Defunct parties[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The party's former name, "Socialdemokratiet", is still frequently used.

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